Redusernab Asks: In Your Experience, What Auto Additive Does More Harm Than Good?

Robert Emslie December 23, 2015 Redusernab Asks

Oiling Gears

There are very few problems – other than perhaps thirst – that can be cured by simply pouring in some liquid. Oh sure, a gas gauge stuck on E is a prime candidate for liquid refreshment, but what about a blown head gasket or leaky valve stem seal, are those also so easily fixed?

There are a ton of makers of automotive additives – mysterious potions poured into gas tanks, oil fillers, transmissions and radiators – that are all said to cure what ails ya.’ In my experience there are few chemicals outside of the standard gas, oil, coolant, and various hydraulic fluids that any car needs, and when age or malarky make for a leak or some other diminution in performance or serviceability the best course of action is elbow grease, not some sort of miracle in a can.

In fact, I’ve heard tell that some additives can in fact do damage to your car. Those that are claimed to fix a failed head gasket that’s sucking water into a cylinder are a notable example. Has that been your experience? What do you think, is there an automotive additive that actually does more harm than good?


Last Call: Holiday Cheer Edition

Robert Emslie December 22, 2015 Last Call

Christmas Bike

Two-Wheel Tuesday wishes you a very happy holiday.

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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie December 22, 2015 Track Tuesday

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Welcome to Track Tuesday where you are asked to identify a (maybe) famous race or test track from just one closely-cropped aerial image. This week, it’s a loopy bit. Good luck!

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Last Call: News At Eleven Edition

Robert Emslie December 21, 2015 Last Call


This just in- ironic news truck accident delights both Internet and local body shop owner. Details as they come in!

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Hoonivercinema: Monday Movie Trailer


The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the oldest organized motoring event in the world having first been run in 1896 and then reconstituted in 1927. In 1953 the film Genevieve was released, a British comedy set during the venerable race. The plot centers on two couples that are contestants in the rally and the good natured rivalry between them. John Gregson plays a barrister, who along with his wife, played by the lovely Dinah Sheridan, drive a 1904 Darracq which they have nicknamed Genevieve. Their competition is played by Kenneth More, an advertising exec with an appreciably annoying laugh (ha-ha-ha-HA-ha) and his supermodel girlfriend played by Kay Kendall. They drive a 1905 Dutch-built Spyjker.

The race goes off with little drama, however a bet on who can get back to London first sets up a series of breakdowns, attempts at sabotage, and gentleman fisticuffs. Needless to say, hilarity ensues. Ha-ha-ha-HA-ha. Check out the short clip after the jump to get a flavor, and to drool over the cool old iron from back when cars really were made out of iron. … Continue Reading

Redusernab Asks: What’s Automotive Accessory Aisle Crack for you?

Robert Emslie December 21, 2015 Redusernab Asks


Remember when you were a kid and your mom would take you to the Pharmacy or Five and Dime and you would make your way to the small toy section while she did her thing? It was like arriving at Disneyland, right?

Many of us have the same experience when we head down the automotive aisle at our friendly neighborhood Walmart or Target store, or even upon walking into someplace like PepBoys. I don’t know about you, but I get a giddy elation upon first seeing an endcap filled with jugs full of coolant. I also spend way too much time ‘in the zone’ contemplating the effectiveness of Marvel Mystery Oil or wondering if all the cans of R134 are equally full. I also almost always come away with something I didn’t expect to buy.

Do you have similar experiences or, like interacting with my friend that no one else claims to see or hear, am I all alone in this fetish? If you also treat the automotive aisle as your toy store, whats the one thing you can’t ignore?


Last Call: Monaco 1, Boredom 0 Edition

Robert Emslie December 18, 2015 Last Call

ulla Thorsell

What could possibly be cooler than cruising through the south of France in a big old American bomb back in the sixties? Well, what might just be cooler is stopping to pick up Swedish model Ulla Thorsell along the way. Yeah, that might be way cooler.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie December 18, 2015 Mystery Car


Today is the anniversary of the death of Antonio Stradivari, the maker of musical instruments known by his latinized name Stradivarius. I think we should all have Latinized names, don’t you?

While you’re mulling over what yours would be, take a moment to try and solve this week’s Mystery Car. Makivarius and Modelivarius if you please.

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Redusernab Asks: What are the Best, and Worst Types of Garage Doors

Robert Emslie December 18, 2015 Redusernab Asks


Some auto enthusiasts are lucky just to have street parking for their beloved ride. Others are even more lucky and can store their cars off-street when not in use, maybe even in a covered carport! The luckiest of all however are those who have a garage for their cars or trucks, ensuring they will be as snug as a bug in a rug. You know, I often wonder if people who wear toupees ever worry about bugs in their rugs.

Where was I? Oh yes, garages. Having a garage is the ultimate in car guy (or gal) attainment. It’s not just a place to keep your treasured ride away from the elements, thieves, and mimes who might imprison it in an imaginary box and thus make you late for work, it’s also a home for your tools, car posters, and maybe a garage cat.

There is one downside to having a garage and that’s the decision as to what sort of garage door is best to front it. You have the choice of swinging, sliding, raising, and segmented, which is sort of like the Human Centipede only not gross. Each one of these has its pros and cons, its advocates and detractors. Today I’d like to know just exactly which side of the door you stand. What do you think is the best kind of garage door there is?


Last Call: Taking a Dump Edition

Robert Emslie December 17, 2015 Last Call

upside down giant dump truck

When I was a kid my Tonka trucks were all the time flipping the heck over. I think it had something to do with my attempts to use them as roller skates. I imagine it takes a lot more that that to flip over a massive gravel pit hauler trucks like ol’ #97 above. I bet it’ll take an even more herculean feat to turn it right side up.

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